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Phishing Scam Targeted Users of ANZ

The customers of ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited) are alerted of a phishing scam that imitates the original site of the bank to acquire customers account details, as reported by smh on May 27, 2008.

The scam e-mail warns the users that their Internet banking account has been made unavailable. And it asks for private details to rectify and confirming it. Also, the scam e-mail has a link that takes to fake bank Web page of ANZ, which asks users of their registration number, phone number, name, address and email address.

The phishing e-mail appears like the authentic message from the ANZ and directs the users to click on the given link which read as: "kindly click on the attached bank link below to retain account stability with any of this banks and to verify users account security."

The mail also says that they cannot disclose the procedures of their investigation that forced them to make this sentence, but they also assures that it is conducted for the safety of user's account. In a telling flaw, the fraudulent ANZ page asks the customers for their address and "zip code", an American term for postcode, which is authentic enough to lead customers to original ANZ page.

The officials at ANZ said that the bank knew about the scam and had also got complaints. The e-mail could serve as an example of "hackers" phishing for data that could use to access accounts and steal confidential details.

The officials also advised that the users should not provide any information or click on the given data. They said that the users should always visit their site by typing http://www.anz.com in the address bar instead of following links.

As per McAfee Avert Labs, cyber crooks are stealing login data from online Australian bankers and selling them on European black markets for around $913 (Five hundred and fifty pound). Confidential and private information from ANZ, Bank West, Commonwealth Bank account holders are compromised for this sum of money.

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